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Spotlight on new members: PACE Independent Living

PACE Independent Living is the newest member of the Toronto ABI Network. The non-profit community organization provides support services to adults with physical disabilities and in June 2014 integrated the services provided by abi Possibilities into the family of PACE services.

“The integration of abi Possibilities with PACE was a great fit for our organization,” says Joanne Wilson, Executive Director, PACE. “Much of our focus over the past few months has been on ensuring a smooth transition of abi Possibilities services, staff, members and families. As we build greater competency in the delivery of ABI services, we look forward to exploring how we might provide these services in new and different ways to our community.”

PACE Independent Living is committed to a philosophy of independent living, consumer-centred services and the idea of the consumer’s right to choice and the dignity of risk. The organization provides services to over 150 consumers who live with physical disabilities including Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord injuries, mild ABI, Muscular Dystrophy, and Huntington disease. The team excels at working with consumers with dual diagnoses. It has worked for several years in partnership with COTA, with PACE providing attendant services and COTA addressing behavioural issues related to ABI. 

PACE services are provided to consumers living in six Supportive Housing sites and through the organization’s Attendant Outreach Program. Those living in Supportive Housing may also receive services in their workplaces, schools or other places where they require personal assistance. The Outreach Program delivers personal support services to people in their homes throughout Toronto. Personal support services include, but are not limited to assistance with dressing, meals, skin care, toileting, and general hygiene. Consumers’ needs are met through the support of 210 front-line staff.

“We are delighted to be a new member of the Toronto ABI Network and I know we will benefit from the support, education and sharing of best practices with other members,” says Joanne. “We look forward to learning together, and sharing our own ideas and expertise to help support those living with ABI.”

For more information on PACE Independent Living, visit www.pace-il.ca